Aaron Swain's blog about Southern Gospel Music, News, and other items of interest in the SG world.
Subscribe

Freedom Trio Becomes Freedom Quartet

September 05, 2013 By: Aaron Category: Freedom, SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music

Freedom QuartetIt seems that the NQC season of changes has recently kicked off, with several changes taking place over the past couple of weeks. This one in particular is the one that many were keeping an eye on; since the departure of group co-founder and lead singer Josh Garner for the Dixie Melody Boys, many were wondering where John Rulapaugh would take the group next. I think it’s safe to say that the group bounced back from the shakeup:

Nashville, TN (September 5, 2013) – John Rulapaugh, founder of a group known for its dynamic energy and prowess, Freedom, raises the bar even higher, as he introduces Freedom Quartet.

The quartet’s new line up is the “creme dela creme” of Gospel music.

The new lead singer has an array of accolades and accomplishments and is best known for his days with the group, Perfect Heart.  He is Dale Shipley.  Read more about him at daleshipley.com.

Filling the baritone position for the group is Preston Garner.  Garner is not only a notable vocalist with a vast array of experience. He is also a music minister and worship pastor and has a very clear understanding of leading an audience to the throne of God.

Taking the bass position is one of the most talented bass singers to grace a Gospel music stage.  He is none other than Burman Porter.

Along with the solid and seamless tenor singing of Rulapaugh, this combination is poised to be one of the most cutting edge and impacting Gospel music ministries of the decade.

“The departure of my friend Josh Garner from Freedom’s lineup left a great void, one that could not easily be filled,” shares Rulapaugh.  He continues, “Since the inception of Freedom, it was always our desire to have a great quartet. There have been several opportunities to make that move, but the timing was never right. Over the past few weeks the Lord has really made His plans evident in our lives and we are thrilled with the new starting place He has set for us. I couldn’t be more happy than with the addition of my old friend, Burman Porter, to the lineup of Freedom. Many will remember that Burman and I worked together on two previous occasions; First with The Dove Brothers Quartet and, then, with Palmetto State Quartet. There’s so much to tell about how this decision and direction unfolded…and not nearly enough space here to tell it all. Over the coming days and weeks I will share the details of how this all came to be. If you’re interested in the “back story,” visit and join our website.  You can sign up for free and receive all the latest news from the group.”

The group is partnered with a premiere booking agency, Mountain Top Talent (one entity of the multi-faceted Michael Davis & Associates).  Mountain Top will be heading up their scheduling.

Michael Davis expresses, “John Rulapaugh has done it again by assembling one of the strongest personnel lineups to come along in quite sometime.  The move from trio to quartet will be well received by John’s fan base.  I am very excited about the future of the Freedom Quartet.”

The quartet is looking forward to getting into the studio soon for their first full recording together.

To meet and follow the exciting happenings of this outstanding quartet, visit their brand new website, coming soon, at www.freedomquartet.com.

You can find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/freedomquartet and follow them on Twitter at twitter.com/freedomquartet.

To learn more about all of the artists who call the Dominion Agency home, visit mountaintoptalent.com and michaeldavisandassociates.com. To schedule the Freedom Quartet and other wonderful artists with Michael Davis And Associates, call 828-454-5900 or email michael@michaeldavisandassociates.com.

Each iteration of the group Freedom has been a stellar assembly of talent, and this is no exception. What SG quartet fan hasn’t wanted to hear Dale Shipley in that setting again, or Burman Porter and John Rulapaugh filling the “bookends” of a group again? As far as Preston Garner, here are a couple of clips of him singing baritone with The Supernals in 1997, a group which included SG songwriter Ray Scarborough (“He’s My Song”). Garner is the featured singer on both songs.

safe to assume that this lineup of Freedom will be appearing at NQC. With this lineup overhaul, Harold Reed joining the Diplomats, and the Skyline Boys seeing tenor Jodi Hosterman’s return and Brian Alvey’s debut at the lead position, NQC 2013 is shaping up to have several groups to watch with particular interest. As a matter of fact, Freedom and the Skyline Boys will be appearing on the same side showcase on Friday afternoon. It’s during the NQC Music Awards, but I think this has convinced me to leave that early.

Related Posts

Woodsmen Quartet Adds Piano Player

A quartet's vocals can be great alone, but there's nothing like having a live pianist to accompany the group on stage.
2015-06-19 12:42:01
aaron

18

Rick Walls Departs Omega Quartet

It's a new year, and in Southern Gospel music, that almost certainly means changes on the horizon, and the first of
2015-01-22 01:45:56
aaron

18

CD Review: Adoration Quartet – What A Change

Rating: 4 stars
2014-09-01 09:30:54
aaron

18

Mark Trammell Quartet Hires Randy Byrd

In a move that is likely not a surprise to anyone who has been observing the group's concert appearances since Pat
2014-07-16 13:55:38
aaron

18

Youtube Spotlight: Soul’d Out Quartet (July 4, 2014)

The 4th of July is an important American event, and one of the many ways that people celebrated in Bedford, VA, was by
2014-07-12 09:00:24
aaron

18

Triumphant Quartet Signs With StowTown Records

StowTown Records has done it again by grabbing one of the biggest names in Southern Gospel music.
2014-06-30 11:15:41
aaron

18

Woodsmen Quartet Welcomes Two New Members

We all know about the big announcement
2014-02-20 09:00:43
aaron

18

CD Review: Mark Trammell Quartet – Your Walk Talks

Rating: 4 stars
2014-02-06 10:43:15
aaron

18

Omega Becomes A Quartet

2013-10-26 13:24:47
aaron

18

6 Comments to “Freedom Trio Becomes Freedom Quartet”


  1. I sure wasn’t expecting this news! I’ll probably see you at this showcase, Aaron!!!

    1
  2. Bobbie Wiseman says:

    What a scoop this is, Aaron!! Never expected it at all, but I like the idea.

    3
  3. This should be a great line up. I guess Burman’s health issues were not as bad as he thought or the 6 weeks off the road was all he needed to reduce his stress to allow him to go back on the road.

    5
    • Well, Freedom’s schedule isn’t as demanding as that of the Dove Brothers, which in turn wouldn’t be nearly as stressful. Good situation to be in for a case like Burman’s.

      6

1 Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. | NQC 2013 09 09 13

Leave a Reply